Thursday, February 16, 2012
Findings from a new study have been released regarding the connection between disturbed sleep and preclinical signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
A small group of “cognitively normal” participants who reported frequently lying awake at night, showed higher levels of brain plaques, a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Yo-El Ju, MD, and colleagues, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said in a statement (http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Alzheimers/bad-sleep-linked-alzheimers/story?id=15642108#.Tz1rTOQfj0U) they’re still unsure if there’s a cause-and-effect relationship between the two.
“Further research is needed to determine why this is happening and whether sleep changes may predict cognitive decline,” Ju said.
More on the study can be found on ABC News’ website (http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Alzheimers/bad-sleep-linked-alzheimers/story?id=15642108#.Tz1rTOQfj0U)
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